07/23/14 10:16am

There was a motorcade that traveled up and down Washington Street last night. Apparently it was Vice President Joe Biden who was dining at Mount Vernon.

(H/T Lisa)

07/23/14 9:55am

I know my son will only eat certain items on the Alexandria public schools menu. Like many Alexandria public school kids, he turns his nose up at the rest of the menu. What about your kids? What do they think of the ACPS menu?

Via Herald Online

As the debate on school lunch reform continues to rage on at the national and state government level, a new survey found that less than six percent of parents feel the recent reforms have resulted in any meaningful healthy changes in the foods served to their children. Conducted by the Life Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM, the survey tallied 1,079 parents’ thoughts regarding school meals.

Survey participants suggested that government guidelines and implemented changes nationwide aren’t resonating with parents. Most notably, 29 percent said they weren’t sure what the new guidelines are and 22 percent said that the guidelines didn’t seem to improve the lunches at all. Moreover, 43.8 percent said that more change needs to be implemented.

When deciding to purchase school lunches, survey respondents said price and convenience weren’t as important as quality of ingredients. More than 72 percent are willing to pay up to $2.00 more per meal for healthier meals for their children, and 83 percent said they would have their child purchase school meals more often if the offerings were all natural. Notably, 72 percent of parents also said they regularly review the nutrition content of the food they serve their kids at home, while 60 percent of parents have never looked at the nutritional information of foods supplied at school.

Read more at this link.

07/22/14 6:33pm

Maine Halibut with Pickled Peach Panzanella from Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VirginiaAt Restaurant Eve, guests receive the freshest fruits and vegetables handpicked each day from Chef Armstrong’s 2,000 square foot garden behind the restaurant. Full of bounty from six various basils, to a wide variety of herbs such as green grey santolina, night jasmine, good king Henry, lemon grass, and fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, kale, collard greens, blueberries and peaches.

Eamonn, the youngest Armstrong, spends the summer with his father in the kitchen in charge of harvesting the fruit that will be used on one of the seasonal menu favorites that includes an unusual combination : pickled peaches-”I pick them, cut them, and pickle them in vinegar, sugar and spices- my dad says it’s the the perfect balance of sweet & sour.”

Tahitian Vanilla Semifreddo from Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VirginiaThe peaches are added to Armstrong’s take on the traditional Italian bread salad panzanella, Maine Halibut with Pickled Peach “Panzanella”. The dish is finished with sautéed ciabatta tossed in olive oil, and micro & African blue basil, also from the garden.

Pastry Chef Joshua Jarvis adds the pickled peaches on one of his dessert’s, Tahitian Vanilla Semifreddo.

Restaurant Eve is located at 110 South Pitt Street in Old Town Alexandria. For more information about Restaurant Eve, click this link. To reserve your table, visit this link.

Be sure to pick up Chef Cathal Armstrong’s fantastic cookbook My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve available now.

07/22/14 5:46pm

The Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) notified the City of Alexandria today that its members have now ratified property exchange and settlement agreements with the City that will allow ODBC to construct a new clubhouse and parking lot one block south of their current locations. These agreements were approved by Alexandria City Council on June 24 and executed by ODBC and City officials on June 25. ODBC indicated that more than 80 percent of Boat Club members who participated in balloting between July 19 and July 21 voted in favor of ratifying the contracts. The agreements will result in an exchange of ODBC property around the north end of The Strand with City property around the south end.

“The Boat Club is one of the oldest members of the Alexandria community, and we value their presence on the Waterfront,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “We thank the members for their overwhelming support of steps to help preserve Alexandria’s legacy as a historic maritime city. With this vote, we look forward to the Boat Club’s bright future and a new opportunity for a community Waterfront accessible to all.”

The properties ODBC will transfer to the City form the heart of the new Waterfront design, and their transition to public open space is a critical step in the Waterfront Plan. ODBC’s new facilities will include a modern, flood-protected clubhouse and parking for members, and eventually, new piers. The current boathouse and parking lot area will be recast as a pedestrian plaza at the foot of King Street, to be called Fitzgerald Square. The preliminary design includes unobstructed views of the river and many places to walk or relax. The next phase of the design process will begin in fall 2014.

07/22/14 4:36pm

If you are looking for that perfect dog, or puppy, Homeward Trails is holding an adoption event this Saturday, July 26 from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM at Whole Dogz located at 4748 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (map at this link).

Please visit the Homeward Trails website at this link to see all available dogs/puppies. If you see one you would like to meet, please email HTARMiranda@gmail.com, to make certain that they come to the event (some dogs are being fostered and it requires the foster parent to be notified ahead of time to bring the dog).

Any questions, call Whole Dogz @ 703.751.DOGZ.

(H/T OldTownMoms)

07/22/14 3:59pm

1 bedroom condominium for sale in the Parkfairfax community of Alexandria, Virginia

This 1 bedroom condominium is located at 3109 Ravensworth Place  in the Parkfairfax neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

End unit! One of the quietest cul-de-sac’s in Parkfairfax. Patio backs to greenspace. Expanded closet space in master bedroom, double paned windows, energy-efficient windows, NICE washer/dryer upstairs. Floors gleam and this is one of the sunniest homes in Parkfairfax. Park AT YOUR DOOR! Stroll to 3 pools, 7 tennis courts, Shirlington’s restaurants, bars, theatres, bank & Harris Teeter

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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07/22/14 3:28pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus are making their annual trip to Union Street to see the kids for a little Christmas in July this weekend on Saturday, July 26.

Kids of all ages can enjoy these free activities:

There are also special Christmas in July sales at The Christmas Attic and drink specials at Union Street Public House for the adults ALL day!

Christmas in July on Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia